The former Arsenal player Emmanuel Frimpong was criticised by his own club and now faces a multi-game ban after he was sent off in Russian Federation for his response to racist chants from opposing supporters.
The Ghana worldwide claimed after the match that “the fans started shouting “monkey” at me” and questioned how such actions can occur in a country due to hold the World Cup in three years, with Federation Internationale de Football Association then releasing a statement on the incident. That (understandable) reaction earned the midfielder a red card and after the game (which ended 2-2)…
Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, who has been racially abused while playing in Russian Federation in the Champions League, has previously said black players might boycott the World Cup unless the country tackles racism in football.
Frimpong later posted a series of tweets, explaining that he was racially abused for the game that he loves, and also mentioned that it was only one fan in the stands who triggered his anger, and not the rest of the Spartak fans.
Frimpong would take to social media after the game to apologise for getting sent-off and to address the situation via his official Twitter account.
“I’m going to serve a sentence for being abused”.
The Ufa general director Shamil Gazizov said his club would not seek any punishment against Spartak: “It was an unfortunate incident”.
Frimpong was on the wrong side of arguably one of the worst refereeing decisions of the season on Friday night as he was sent-off whilst playing for Russian outfit FC Ufa after reacting angrily to racial abuse. “Sometimes you even have to hold back the tears and just put up with it”, Gazizov added.
The visitors took the lead in the 12th minute, through a header from Bosnian forward Haris Handzic, but the hosts equalised in the 24th through Serdar Tasci following a corner.